While we are on the subject of the long tail, check out The San Jose Mercury News's spread on John Battelle today. Three articles on the entrepreneur-wonk-journalist-impressario who is prepping for the release of his new book about the search market.... Battelle, as always, is keeping himself impossibly busy. In addition to the book, a widely-read search blog, and the Web 2.0 conference (co-producer), John is launching a new company this Fall, FM (Federated Media -- check out the "pre-alpha" site), that promises a new and better way to enable independent writers to publish and make money on the Web. We like the word "federated" -- it calls to mind how the word in being used to describe the Deep Web, like here (Groxis = client) -- and we are very interested to see how this particular business idea plays out. There's a very long tail indeed in the world of independent journalism/publishing, and this is perhaps one of the most groupwise ways of wagging that tail.